Obituary: Darren and Kimberly Mizokami

Darren Duane Mizokami and Kimberly Jean (Elston) Mizokami (Photo by Jewels Gray Photography, courtesy of the Mizokami family)

Darren and Kimberly Mizokami died in a drowning accident on Sept. 19, while vacationing in Costa Rica.

A memorial service will be held on Sunday, October 7th, at 3pm at Highland Park Community Church. A reception will follow the service at the Wonder Bar. The public is invited to attend the service and reception.

Their obituaries submitted by the family follow:

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Darren Duane Mizokami, 48, of Casper, Passed away on September 19th 2018 in Costa Rica.

Darren was born in Denver Colorado on March 19th 1970 to Duane Mizokami and was raised by him and Miriam Willan.

He married Kimberly Jean Elston on April 16th 2016 in Denver Colorado and they resided in Casper, WY. Together they had 4 children, Brytni, Sami, Alex, and Camden.

He grew up in the San Luis Valley attending elementary and junior high at Sierra Grande before moving to Alamosa and graduating there. He moved to Casper, WY where he started his family and career with the City of Casper. Darren was approaching his 25th service anniversary with the city. In his current position as a Utilities Supervisor, he was an integral part of the organization and a valuable asset to the community around him.

His love for his family especially for his children was beyond unconditional. They were the light of his eyes. He was so very proud of everything they did and all of their accomplishments. To Darren, his friends were his family. There was never a stranger in his presence. He was the one that would always reach out to you at just the right moment, whether it was a phone call, text message, snap chat, cup of coffee, or to join him for a drink or dinner. He had a way of knowing when you were in need of these gestures. Darren gave more love to his family and friends than most can say in a lifetime.

Darren’s upbeat personality made him a bright spot to all that came in contact with him. His contagious smile seemed to brighten everyone’s day and he never met a person he didn’t want to have a conversation with, which created numerous worldwide friendships especially within the community and throughout Colorado & Wyoming. His remarkable job of documenting his family, friendships, and adventures with pictures, have left so many of us with valuable memories.

Darren is preceded in death by Grandparents: Sam and Agnes Mizokami, Joe and Frances Best, and Ray Willan. Aunts: Jeanne White, and Marlene Arellano, and Uncle Gary Mizokami.

Darren leaves a trail of love including: children Brytni, Sami, Alex and Camden, his father Duane (Rita) Mizokami, brother Brandon (Tammy) Mizokami, sister Krista (Donnie) Garcia, sister Jessica (Rick) Stennett, nieces and nephews, Avery, Demi, Chloe, Mason, Kobe, Rosalia, Uncle Ron (Cindy) Mizokami, as well as numerous step siblings and cousins.

Darren and Kim loved to travel, enjoyed many adventures, and lived life to the fullest, PURA VIDA!

Memorials may be given to the Kim and Darren Memorial Fund at Reliant Federal Credit Union Casper, Wyoming.


Kimberly Jean (Elston) Mizokami, 41, of Casper, passed away on September 19, 2018 in Costa Rica.

Kimberly was born in Casper, WY to Diann and Darrell Elston on January 25, 1977. She went to school in Casper and graduated from Natrona County High School in 1995. She married Darren Mizokami on April 16, 2016 in Denver, Colorado. They had four children Alex, Camden, Brytni, and Sami. She worked as a receptionist for Dr. Stephen Brown and Associates and before that at True Oil Companies.

Kimberly loved her children more than life itself. She was always boasting about their accomplishments large or small. She also loved her sister as if she were her own daughter, and when the whole family was together Kim felt complete. She was the most loving, big hearted, beautiful woman inside and out. Kim had the most contagious smile that you could not help but to reciprocate with the same happiness shown through her eyes. When Kim loved, she loved with every being within her and would do anything for them as was proven daily.

Kim and Darren loved to travel, outdoor activities, and going on their off the cuff, spur of the moment adventures. They truly lived life to the fullest, and documented each moment as if their friends and family were there with them. Darren was the one that drew people into this relationship as he felt everyone was family and Kim was the one that made those relationships blossom. Kim was the most accepting and easy-going person that just went with the flow of life. PURA VIDA!

Kimberly is preceded in death by grandparents Leonard and Beverly Suther and Patricia and Vere Elston. Aunt Pam Strother and Uncle Ora Easton.

Kimberly is survived by her children Alex, Camden, Brytni and Sami, brother David Elston, sister Katie Elston, parents Diann and Darrell Elston.

Memorials may be given to the Kim and Darren Memorial Fund at Reliant Federal Credit Union Casper, Wyoming.